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Subject: Great DARK STAR!!!
... oh_uh_um_ah yes the youtube video is great despite the interspacing of "hip" stuff as a pretend lightshow. The only problem with that is - with a real lightshow, the dead are actually there and you can watch them at the same time. Here, it's just a bunch of stupid crap when I'd much rather watch the dead play dark star. But the video of the dead for the most part was so cool and it does bring back those days when I'd see them in concert at the Avalon or the Fillmore. For that alone, I'm giving this five stars. A downer was seeing Keith and missing Pig's presence although he probably was too sick to attend but it wasnt' such a downer that it's anything less than five stars. Although even Mickey was absent for some reason. Anybody know why? Bobby still had his ponytail. Cool. They were all pretty much into it. Peace.
LSD Millionaire -
Subject: Love the Dead
My dad was at this show when he was 17 and i saw them at the Portland Meadows in May 1995 when i was 17....... DEAD FAMILY........ KEEP IT GO.N and just saw Further at the Edgefield in Portland Sept. 2012 Bobby and Phil were AWESOME unbelievable set list look it up
Subject: mexicali blues & bobw
just doesnt get any better kids!!!
nothing better than live dead!
40 years?! This show will stay relevant for the next 200.
Subject: Sunshine Daydream film
Here is a little video chronicling that very hot day in the hills of Oregon which should either confirm or dispel the various takes on this show. Sounds (AND LOOKS) good to me.
Subject: Classic '72 Dead
It just doesn't get any better than this. The contrast of the tight playing to loose jams is just unbelievable. Standouts include Playin', Dark Star and China>Rider. Sing Me Back Home is perfectly placed and Donna actually sounds great. How I wish I could have been there. An absolute must have show. Thank you to Archive.org and everybody involved with all the recordings on here.
Subject: A mighty fine show '72 style
I don't know if this is the best Grateful Dead show of all time. I haven't heard them all and I've always been partial to 12/31/71 and 12/14/71, not to mention many of the Europe '72 shows and 02/28/69 and 11/11/73 among many other shows from many other years. It all depends on what you're looking for I suppose. I will say this is the best show post Pigpen in 1972, which of course makes it one of the best Grateful Dead shows of all time.
Others have pointed to videos of this show on YouTube. Check them out! That the video hasn't been officially released is in my estimation, criminal. Perhaps not as bad as covering puppies with latex paint, but criminal none the less.
WTHN MASON -
Subject: I Had A Hard Run...
Subject: Dick's Picks and Road Trips
you can download them on Soulseek.
Subject: quit whining
Rebelsaint, they made the music; they have every right in a free world to make a buck off it. And when I choose to, I buy official releases that I want. There is plenty of available music on the Archive. Be thankful there is anything at all.
That said, I understand lots of folks love this show and it has its moments, but the continuity is always broken by the frequent stage announcements. The weather also was dastardly for the tuning of the instruments.
Subject: There are better versions of this recording,
and I regard it as a good, rather than great, show.
Subject: awesome show
this show has lots of energy from beginning to end. Jerry lets loose on Bertha and Playin'
is great. lots of great songs all done very well
Subject: great china cat --> rider
One of the hottest china cat --> rider segues I've ever heard. Great quality recording, as well!
Subject: playing in the band
this is without a doubt the greatest playing in the band i have ever heard and bi have been to more than 300 shows. it does melt into a dream but the tapes document it all 5 stars of course .i will only give five stars if dark star is played.call me a snob.this show is definitely a top 5 desert island tape.
Subject: watch this show on the anniversary -
watch the whole show HERE:
Subject: Colorado in 1972
Saw this movie sunshine daydream at Univ @ Colorado in 1974 and was blown away by the music, Hearing this only confirms my impressions. China cat is amazing and rest of show is an acid-fueled phenomenon including DARK STAR. Which goes into unknown realms. indeed a 5,
Subject: Greatest Story ever told.
Felt the highlight of this show was the Greatest Story Ever Told, and definitely China Cat Sunflower.
Gotta admit i love the more recent shows, as this seems very clean cut.
Just wow. Seriously, never get tired listening to this show.
Anyone else impressed with the Darkstar?
I sure am. Its honestly too bad there isnt a special 6 star rating!
Subject: THE GREATEST DEAD SHOW OF ALL TIME
ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE!!!!
Subject: one of the greats
This is truly one of the greats, almost certain i had a tape of this in my collection in college. This is a must have, must listen, and once you have listened once you should play it back and you will be even more impressed.
Subject: What a Masterpiece of a Show!
I am sitting here jiving but also banging my head against my desk for no having listened to this stunning show before. People have said it before and I'll say it again - this show simply CANNOT receive a rating under 5 stars. If you think it does, have your head examined.
Subject: Bob on fire
Bob cooks on this one from the first licks of promised land to the end.This was my first tape of the grateful dead i recieved when i first started trading tapes back in gool ol' days and i was hooked for life.Topless women everywhere in the crowd at this show and the whole band was on fire.Whats not to like?No wonder everyone here rates this a five star show.get this classic!
this China/Rider is effin' amazing! hot as hell outside and the boys still rip right through it. probably heard this version a hundred times and it still gets me movin' every time.
Subject: Great Early Dead
I opened an archive account a few months ago and have downloaded a couple dozen shows (mainly 80's [im a big brent fan]). I found a 71 show CD my brother had left in my car the other day and popped it in. Needless to say, I got to hear a whole new younger dead and I loved it. This is a truly amazing show. There are no mp3 download links on archive, but I found a zip file on megaupload.
MP3 DOWNLOAD: http://www.filestube.com/05de585cff418f6903ea,g/Grateful-Dead-1972-08-27-Old-Renaissance-Faire-Grounds-Veneta-OR.html
Subject: W. O. W.
A three set thriller. Would love to see an official movie release.
East Coast Dave in WA -
Subject: No need to write this, but.....
This has got to be on the top-ten shows ever list. Top five, even. I like "the Pigpen era" best, but this is an all-time classic, even without his presence. Playin', Dark Star, Bird Song, everything is just top-notch Dead. Inspired and inspiring. A great, great, great-beyond words show.
Subject: WOW What a find.....
My wife and I went to see Dark Star Orchestra last week and hooked up with a true Dead Head much younger that we are. Talking to him we found out that about the video for this show that we never knew about. This show happened the day our daughter was born at 12:45am in the morning. We had just moved to Eugene in July and bought our tickets at Springfield Creamery weeks before. My wife rested comfortably in the Eugene hospital so in the afternoon I made my way out to concert. What an incredible experience - I shared this concert experience with many of my friends over the years and come to find out this week that it is memorialized in video. Absolutely the best - thanks Michael.
Subject: Playin the band
Subject: The Field Trip. Happy Anniversary.
Listening to this show as a sixteen year old, molded my style for what my ears and heart love most. Definitely on the bus after hearing this show. This is what I had been searching for, my whole life. Whenever anyone asks to be turned on to the dead, the first thing I play is this China>Rider. Woah, what a climax.
I recall being very upset about the tragic death of a friend, and they were repeating "He's gone.".. He's gone like a steam locomotive and nothing's gonna bring him back. It struck a very emotional nerve.. and then, seemingly out of nowhere, the clouds lift, the sun shines and the angelic words of Nothing Left to do but SMILE SMILE SMILE. So true. With that optimism, I haven't been the same since.
Subject: Keith is particularly good here . . .
. . . very in the moment and full of good musical ideas.
rick e. -
Subject: Sunshine Daydream
I had a vhs of the unreleased movie "Sunshine Daydream" back in the '80's and I always thought it was the most interesting Dead I have seen on Video.Also had all 3 set Sbd tapes ..Must say this one is psychedelic for sure ..melting with wholesome Deadness..Hopefully we will get an official release of the movie at some point...
What a fun show.
The heat and the fire truck do the rest...
God bless the greatful dead
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD August 27, 1972 "Live" at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Oregon U.S.A.
#############_"Smokin'_Hot_GRATEFUL DEAD Show"
5 Star Recording
5 Star Mix
5 Star Performance
Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.
30 Thousand plus downloads says it all...
Eat, Drink Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
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You can watch the performance of DARK STAR at:
You can watch the performance of JACK STRAW at:
You can watch the performance of EL PASO at:
You can watch the performance of CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER pt1 at:
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THANKS FOR THE LOVE..."Merry Christmas, folks"
Subject: Love This
I Love this set wut a great recording it realy makes u feel your out there on a hot day with a head full going on a magical ride with the dead. this set realy captures the magical time in dead history.
Subject: Here's how to stream MP3s and rip
Here we go. Un-hide your temporary internet files folder (from My Computer, select C: drive, then go to Tools, Folder Options, select "View" tab, make sure "show hidden files and folders" is selected, and click "apply to all folders"), and then just stream the audio. Each audio file shows up as a separate MP3 file in your (C:\documents and settings\[your user name]\Local settings\temporary internet files folder. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR XP, NOT VISTA. From there you just drag and drop them out to a new folder on your desktop. Then, burn away.
Tie-Dyed Tom -
Subject: Sun drenched
Love this show! I have to agree w/ the others it is one of the best. Sugaree was very well put together. Uncle and BTW were awesome. During China Cat, I went into this crazy tangent looking up the lyrics and potential meaning of the lyrics. I found a great site, http://arts.ucsc.edu/Gdead/AGDL/china.html by David Dodd. Re-read these lyrics and try to get into the mind that would write such poetry.
Look for awhile at the China Cat Sunflower
proud-walking jingle in the midnight sun
Copper-dome Bodhi drip a silver kimono
like a crazy-quilt stargown through a dream night wind
Krazy Kat peeking through a lace bandana
like a one-eyed Cheshire like a diamond-eye Jack
A leaf of all colors plays a golden string fiddle
to a double-e waterfall over my back
Comic book colors on a violin river crying Leonardo words from out a silk trombone
I rang a silent bell beneath a shower of pearls
in the eagle wing palace of the Queen Chinee
Bertha was great and the Playin’ was topping out at 17 minutes and had me wondering if time had slowed down... it did. It was sheer rip in the space/time continuum. He's Gone was groovy. I always feel like I can taste the color blue when I hear it. I guess it was that time I thought they were singing it about me and was experiencing a little synersesia. Jack Straw, Excellent. Bird Song played beautifully. The stage banter is hysterical. What was in the drinking water!
Greatest story was awesome. I sort of zoned out watching the visualization on my screen. In the history of man kind, there are few accomplishments worthy of greater accolade than that of the visualizer to watch while listening to the Dead. I'm forced to use Windows Media Player since my company blocks me from downloading Flash from the archive.org site but, even in its rudimentary options, the visualizer shows every string played, drum beat, note sang, and sound heard. Dark Star is also mystically cascading through the night. What a great night to be out under the stars watching the camp fire and listening to these great tunes. Thanks archive.org! Plenty of plenty of between song banter! Dark Star is so jazzy (almost Dave Brubeckish) and integrated. I have to say it is one of my favorite versions too. You can hear the crowd whistling and cheering. Melodic, Connected, Simply beautiful. The transitive nightfall of diamonds was like a glistening shower in the darkness. Great Sugar Magnolia. Sing me back home was delightful. I didn't know that it was a Merle Haggard song, like Mama Tried. A nice line in that song is: Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years. Sugar Mags and Casey Jones were very nice, too.
This show has always been known as the most incredible show ever, I'm so glad archive has this show up and running. The dead returned to Ken Kesey's humble Veneta creamery abode in 1982, and then tried to return @ 8/27/91. That sadly never took place due to Jerry's health problems, my dad still has tickets for it and said he was never more dissapointed. This hot LSD filled day was for sure nothing short of spectacular.
Subject: Buy Nancys!
This show was recorded at a yogurt cremery! Buy Nancy's yogurt and cottage cheese made by Nancy Kesey yes that Kesey family. The dead played at their creameries several times. Live cultures baby!
Subject: This is it!!!
If it gets any better than this, I don't know if I could stand it. I never hate on Donna but on the same hand I never sing her praises either, I gotta give it up here though!!! Sing Me Back Home is SPOT ON!! She is right on. This show is an obvious must have.
Subject: Forbidden ?!
HELP! Can't access any songs from this show: I get a Forbidden/Access Denied error. What's up? HELP!!!
capn doubledose -
Subject: Pick of the litter
From start to finish this is best show they ever did. All the pistons were firing, there is humour - Ken Kesey is hilarious, dogs are barking at the beginning of dark star, Donna crushes it and it is so sad to listen to her late in the game a derivative of this performance. Jerry's use of the wawa and the plaintive howls that produces. Dark star is arguably one of the best & there is no better version of playin and bertha is really really hot. Love the 1972 echo as well. This is the tape that goes to the grave with me. 6/5
Subject: mommy and daddies
"If you dont know about it, you dont wanna". - Bobby
Subject: Hot show...
Another perfect show from 72! This show just bubbles over with energy from start to finish. Every song is solid with Dark Star standing out as one of the best ever played IMHO. The stage banter between songs is priceless and really adds to the atmosphere to this show. Sound is also great which is why I replaced my old copy with this in the first place. A must have!
dr. flashback -
Subject: Top 5!
Another show that defies description. Widely held
as the best Dead show of all, and it's hard to argue with that claim. Every song is played to near perfection. Many folks' favorite versions of
Playin, Bird Song, Greatest Story, etc. When you listen to the Dark Star,picture that the sun was just setting, and the stars were appearing as the set began. This is post Europe, post Pigpen, and the band were stretching out their jazz fusion jams. The Dark Star and Playin, particularly foreshadow their 1973-74 sound. Get yourself a good stereo, a cozy chair and light up something stinky. A show that will never cease to amaze you!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Subject: A must have
I have the video for this show, this is a great day for the daed. It was hot, but so were they. And this version is the one to get.
Highly reccommended show. This was my second download from this site. I looked for it right away. I think I first got this tape in '89 or something, sounded like crap, but I could still tell it was awesome. This is the version to get with all of the talking. there are not many shows out there like this with all of the talking, it is special from start to finish. Ask any longtime deadhead which show he would like to have been at and this would be very high on the list. HOT!!
Subject: The dog's bollocks of Grateful Dead shows
This is the show that got me, and many many others, into the Dead.
So many of the songs on this setlist are my favourite ever live performances of them. Why? Because Jerry's riffs are perfectly chosen. The jamming is inspired. Everyone is playing in perfect harmony with each other. And the banter between tracks is entertaining, making you feel like you were there (what I wouldn't give to have been there....). I have never heard a better Me & My Uncle, Deal, Black Throated Wind, China Cat Sunflower, I Know You Rider, He's Gone, Jack Straw, Bird Song and Greatest Story Ever Told. That 11 of my favourite performances of those staple Dead songs in one single show, and I pretty close to including a few more...
The Dark Star performed on this show while not my favourite ever (that would have to go to Live/Dead), is my favourite excluding 1969. The jam is amazing, its so progressive... starting of really relazed and low key and building to a chaotic yet somehow ordered climax. You have surely heard how Dark Star can be like a steller journey, this version surely lives up to that. Its the story of dying star... a supernova.
I have often wondered why this day stands out so much amoungst so many other excellent '72 shows. The video of this concert, Sunhine Daydream, offers a partial insight: A free outdoor concert on an absolutely schorching day, children playing everywhere, running up onto the stage in front of the band, everyone relaxing having fun eating icecream, dacin naked, and Jerry is playing his Fender Strat... that explains the lovely tone he's getting which complements the country & western style songs in the setlist so damn well.
Get this show... its as simple as that. Put this on your best sound system, sit down or lie down, and do whatever you do to relax. Listen to the whole show straight through... let the Grateful Dead take you on a long strange trip.
This version is better than the other on this site, as it has the amusing stage announcement banter between tracks and remains 3 cds.